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Kofta Kebab Recipe (Video Tutorial)

Kofta kebab is a classic Middle Eastern ground beef recipe that's packed with flavor. Learn how to make kofta kebab with my step by step tutorial and video. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chilling time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: middle eastern
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 476kcal


  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 slice bread stale
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  • Peel the onion and grate it in a bowl.
  • Squeeze the onion completely and save the juice. Place the squeezed onion in a large bowl.
  • Soak the bread in the onion juice for about 10 minutes.
  • To the grated onion, add ground beef, chopped parsley, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, cinnamon and dried mint. Mix well to make sure all the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Add in the soaked bread and mix well. Knead the meat mixture using your hands.
  • Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and place the bowl in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Form the meat mixture into patties and sear in the pan for about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • Serve with warm pita, yogurt sauce, fresh tomatoes, onion and cucumbers.



  • If you would like to make this recipe gluten-free, simply use gluten free bread. 
  • You can use all lamb, all beef or a combination of lamb and beef in this recipe. 
Kofta kebabs on the grill:
  • Turn the gas grill on to medium high.
  • Once it's hot, brush it with olive oil and place the kofta kebabs on the grill.
  • Grill for about 5 minutes on one side, flip and cook for another 4 minutes on the other side. 
Kofta kebab in oven
  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF and coat a baking sheet with non stick spray.
  • Place the kofta kebab patties on the baking sheet and brush them lightly with olive oil.
  • Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes, flip halfway through. 


Serving: 6servings | Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 549mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g